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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme

Man being scanned for an abdominal aortic aneurysm

The Kent and Medway National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme invites all men registered with a GP for a screening in the year they turn 65. Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or treated for an AAA can request screening.

The process will:

  1. Identify aneurysms that need monitoring
  2. Discover aneurysms that could rupture, enabling treatment to be offered
  3. Reassure men who don't have an aneurysm.

An ultrasound scan of the abdomen is used to detect AAAs. The scan is carried out by a screener who is specially trained to work within the NHS AAA Screening Programme. The scan itself is quick, painless and non-invasive and the results are provided straight away.

The result

There are three possible results from the scan: 

1. Normal

A normal result means that the aorta is not enlarged (there is no aneurysm). Most men have a normal result. No treatment or monitoring is needed afterwards. We will not invite you for AAA screening again.

2. Small aneurysm found

If we find a small aneurysm this means that the aorta is a little wider than normal. We invite men with a small aneurysm back for regular scans to check whether the aorta is getting bigger.

3. Large aneurysm found

If we find a large aneurysm this means that the aorta is much wider than normal. Only about 1 in 100 men who are screened have a large aneurysm. We give men with a large aneurysm an appointment with a specialist team to have more scans and to talk about possible treatment, usually an operation.

All our locations are either in a GP surgery or Hospital and if not on the ground floor, a lift is available.

Results are given verbally and in writing to all men immediately after the scan. A letter giving the results is also sent to the man’s GP.

We offer clinics at various locations throughout Kent and Medway.

The Kent and Medway screening programme was started in 2011 and we invite 10,000 men a year. In addition to those invited, men over the age of 65 can self refer into the programme.

Clinician Lead

Screening Technicians

  • Emma Holder
  • Jennifer Roffey
  • Sheraleigh Blackman
  • Lorraine Hewitt
  • Lucy Howard

Vascular Nurse

  • Sue Harvey

QA Lead

  • Neelan Das

Programme Managers

  • Marie Winton
  • Caroline Brown

Admin Team

  • Kerry Bubb
  • Karen Richards

Kent and Medway Screening Programme

Kent and Canterbury Hospital
Ethlebert Road
Kent CT1 3NG

01227 868775

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